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Budget Briefs: Next Year’s Requested Budget Submitted

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FY 2016-17 Requested BudgetOn Feb. 1, the Portland Water Bureau submitted the Fiscal Year (FY) 2016-17 Requested Budget to the City Budget Office. The requested budget meets regulatory requirements, helps to prepare us for the “Big One,” and strongly supports strategic initiatives to project the long-term health of our water system.

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  • Rate Change: The Water Bureau is proposing a rate increase for FY 2016-17. Combined with the Bureau of Environmental Services, the proposed utility bill increase is 4.59 percent. This amounts to an average monthly utility bill increase of $4.55 in FY 2016-17.
  • Capital Budget: The requested capital budget continues to prioritize earthquake resilience and ongoing rehabilitation of aging infrastructure.

What’s Next
Over the next few months, Water Bureau Director Michael Stuhr and finance staff will present at City Council budget work sessions, address Council questions, and explain the proposed rate adjustment, decision packages, and capital investments. Staff will also attend public budget forums and the annual Council rate hearings

In late April, Mayor Charlie Hales will release the proposed budget decisions and in June, the City Council will vote to adopt next fiscal year’s budget.

Your Voice Matters
Members of the public are encouraged to provide feedback on the Water Bureau's Requested Budget. Call, click, or attend: 

-   Call us at 503-823-3028
-   E-mail us directly
-   Submit a comment or a question online
-   Get involved by attending a budget forum or hearing
-   Participate at a Portland Utility Board (PUB) meeting

For additional information about the Water Bureau's FY 2016-17 budget process, click here

Utility Bureaus Set Aspirational Goal for D/M/W/ESB Subcontracts

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The Bureau of Environmental Services and the Portland Water Bureau are working to involve more disadvantaged, minority, woman and emerging small business enterprises (D/M/W/ESB) in sewer, stormwater, and water construction projects.

The two bureaus have set an aspirational goal of directing at least 20 percent of hard construction costs to D/M/W/ESB subcontractors.

Environmental Services hit the mark in January with Portland City Council approval of a $3.5-million contract to Landis and Landis Construction for the Lower Powell Green Streets and Sewer Project. The contract includes $734,500 to D/M/W/ESB subcontractors. Subcontract work for the Lower Powell project will include traffic control, manhole repairs, signage, trucking, boring and jacking, and concrete cutting.

The Portland Water Bureau routinely meets and exceeds the City of Portland’s M/W/ESB contracting goals, most recently with the Dam 2 Tower Improvement and Powell Butte Reservoirs projects.

“Environmental Services and the Water Bureau are deeply committed to expanding opportunity for D/M/W/ESB contractors,” said Commissioner-in-Charge Nick Fish.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR - Prime, Subcontractors Invited to Construction Forecast Open House

Wednesday, Mar. 9, 2016 
Crowne Plaza Hotel
1441 NE 2nd Avenue 
4:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Register through Eventbrite

Prime and subcontractors have asked the two utility bureaus for more information about increasing their involvement in utility construction projects. In response, Environmental Services and the Portland Water Bureau scheduled a construction forecast open house to give the contracting community an advance look at upcoming projects. The open house is designed to give primes and subs more time to develop relationships and to bid the work.

Sewer and water utility projects coming up in the next nine months include more than $50-million in pipe, pump station and culvert replacement, green street construction, storage tank repairs and treatment plant improvements.

At the free open house, project managers from both bureaus will be on hand to talk to contractors and subcontractors about the kinds of work available in upcoming projects.

Workshop registration is available online at Eventbrite. Contractors and subcontractors can call 503-823-7623 for more information.

TRAFFIC ADVISORY 02/26/16: Traffic Impacts SE 82nd Avenue between SE Morrison and SE Yamhill Streets on the Following Two Sundays

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The Portland Water Bureau will be installing a new water main in SE 82nd Avenue between SE Morrison Street and SE Yamhill Street on Sunday, Feb. 28 and Sunday, Mar. 6 from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. Traffic controls and flaggers will be in place directing vehicles through the construction site.  

Drivers traveling both northbound and southbound on SE 82nd Avenue (OR213) can expect slowing and minor delays as lanes will need to be adjusted to accommodate construction equipment and vehicles.

Drivers travelling north and southbound on SE 82nd Avenue will not be allowed to turn east bound onto SE Yamhill Street and SE Morrison Street.  Additionally, SE Yamhill Street and SE Morrison Street will be closed to through traffic at SE 82nd Avenue.

Travelers are urged to drive slowly in the area under construction and to obey all flaggers and traffic control signs.

Apply Now: World Class Engineering Camps Offered to High School Students

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Each year, the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) sponsors three Engineering & Construction Camps for high school students, providing first-hand experience in engineering and construction.


These one-week camps, held in June and July 2016, are high energy, hands-on events for students and are led by professional staff of engineers from both private industry and the uniformed military services. Each camp has its own unique focus and theme and is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to learn what engineers do.

Application Process
If you know a high school student that is interested in attending one of the three camps, please encourage them to apply at

The Portland SAME Post sponsors one outstanding applicant to attend their selected SAME Camp. The Post provides a portion of the registration fee and airfare costs (including ticket, taxes, and fees) for the selected student. Applications are due by Friday, Mar. 25, 2016 and selections will be made by Wednesday, Apr. 6, 2016.

Contact Kari Nichols, Water Resources Manager at Mead & Hunt, at 503-548-1496 or by e-mail at

Join Our Team: Water Treatment Operator II

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If you're interested in joining an award-winning public utility where employees thrive on the pride of delivering a life-essential product with world class customer service, the Portland Water Bureau might be just the place for you.

The Water Bureau is a recognized leader in the utility industry. We've achieved this success by investing in the very best people and empowering them to find new and better ways to meet our customer's needs.

The Water Bureau currently employs approximately 560 people. All current job postings with the City of Portland are posted online, and updated weekly. We are an equal opportunity employer that values diversity and inclusion in the workplace.

Current Opportunity at the Water Bureau

Position   Emp. Type   Salary   Closing Date/Time Join Our Team 
Water Treatment Operator II  Full Time $26.05 - $33.67 Hourly Mon. 03/14/16 4:30 PM Pacific Time  Apply Here

Learn More about the Water Bureau 

For more information regarding career opportunities at the Water Bureau, contact the Water Administrative Manager at 503-823-1956 or by e-mail